Looking for the user manual?


Check the heading on this page:

Product manual or files


Or search our  Samples/Files/Manuals  section!
We have hundreds of manuals added to the site!

You'll see this reminder one more time after which it will not appear.

Hide
skin: 1 2 3 4 |  Login | Join |

Access VIRUS

26-Jul-2017

Info-line:   [synths]    [sampler]    [drumbox]    [effects]    [mixers]     [mics]     [monitors]    [pc-h/ware]    [pc-s/ware]    [plugins]    -    [links]    [tips]

Access VIRUS



Category:  Products / synth / modelling poly

Added: 19-Dec-98  |  Author: admin

New price: £ 899  |   S/H price: ??

Access VIRUS

Here's another virtual analog synth, coming in to compete in the JP-8000, Clavia Nord-Lead etc race. Designed apparently by the guys who did the programmer units for the Microwave & Matrix 1000, it comes as a tabletop unit, with plans for a rackmount kit up & coming.

Well, I ain't tried one, so here's the spec's, and let's have some user comments please from any of you lucky ******** who have used one !!! :-)

It's 12 note poly, 8 part multi (JP users eat that !!).....and I think most importantly, has 3 stereo poly outputs.... bloody excellent !!

Each voice can be made up of two oscillators, a sub oscillator and a noise generator....you get a choice of Saw or Square waves, (square or triangle wave sub' osc').....the VIRUS also does Frequency modulation, and and Osc' sync.....hmmmmmm.

Also, outside of the vitual analog, you get a further pallette of 64 digital waves !!... so there's greaty versatility here well above the competition... let's face it, if you want to splash out some dosh on a good synth for doing your tunes, mostly, it's XX amount for the analog sound synth, then a further outlay for the digital sounds etc..... here you get the lot, albeit with limited polyphony, but it could be a life-saver as you can quickly add extra lusher or wierder sounds to the production... and beautifully, get them to the mixer on seperate outs !!

So, all the usual synth stuff PWM, 3 LFO's, 2 envelopes etc... plus 2 ....yup !!.. 2 independent 2-pole filters, each with low pass, high pass, band pass and band reject.......filter 1 can even be made into a 4 pole filter....bloody hell.....you can stack 'em as well, either in series or parallel...and filter-1 has shaper/distortion added to get even more overdrive to the res' !! ... all these combinations allow filters from 12 - 36 dB



Well, there aint alot else I can say.... But, I definately want to get a try-out with one of these babies !!... by the way, you also get 300 user patch saves, and 100 multi-setup save positions.... brilliant, especially for live stuff.

So... All-in-all this looks like a killer little box, that could grab the lead real fast !!!... everything's midi by the way control-knob wise, you can upgrade the OS with sysex for future updates.....and there's even built in FX..... Delay, Reverb & Chorus fx to date, with more to come apparently..... Plus, this unit has some real in depth & creative routing solutions for the filters, envelopes, LFO's etc.... definately a contender !!!... let's have some comments please, and I'll call the distributors asap for a demo !!













Product Manuals or Files





Product Resources










User Comments

Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Kilo
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Professional
Date: 19-Jan-99

Looks like this could be synth of the friggin year !!!

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: nimanda
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Professional
Date: 19-Jan-99

899 what!... our list price is $1.700 I'm moving to the UK .. this will definitely be a sun over the supernova (space language)

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Hilevelt
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: part-timer
Date: 19-Jan-99

ok, available in the us in November, but it'll receive the same discount breaks as Waldorf stuff. To my knowledge that'll mean an $1100 or $1200 street price, but if anyone knows a cheap place for Waldorf, please e-mail me.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Villa
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Hobby-ist
Date: 19-Jan-99

On paper it seems like a super Nord Rack2. I

was consider getting the NR2, until I read about

the Virus. Do you think they are different enough

for me to have both in my arsenal?



Plus, is there an onboard seq for the Virus? I ran

across an article that mentioned that it had one, or maybe

I misread.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Gina
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Professional
Date: 19-Jan-99

The new virus looks great. can not wait to get one.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Bloke
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Professional
Date: 19-Jan-99

It's crap! I had it and I sold it off after 2 days. It sucks! Wanna get it? Go burn your money then!

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Uwe F. Bauer
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: part-timer
Date: 19-Jan-99

Wow! Access' ViRUS really kicks some major ass! Got mine a week ago and can't stop playing around with it.

KEYBOARD magazine wrote, it would sound even better than the analog originals (Jupiter 8, MATRIX 12, etc.).

If you think that's impossible, like I did, then be prepared for the surprise of your life. The ViRUS is capable of the most fat and powerful sounds I've come accross in the past 15 years -- it's like a dream.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Darin Marshall
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Professional
Date: 19-Jan-99

I seriously hope that these guys don't do what the Clavia people did for their cross modulation simulation. It really stinks!!!

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Gecko
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: part-timer
Date: 19-Jan-99

Just a comment to that "Bloke" guy... The only reason

you could dislike this synth is because you dont know

what the F*CK your doing with it (in other words,

your just another kiddie that listened

to "The Prodigy" and now thinks that you can be just

like them, but in reality dont know a synth from your

own asshole.)

I played around withthis synth for 2 hours at my

local music shop, and

almost instantly fell in love with it.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Gecko
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: part-timer
Date: 19-Jan-99

One more addition to that last message, the prodigy is the downfall of techno/electronica

as we know it, and any fans of them can go to hell. Mainstream fucks

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Björn Bojahr
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: part-timer
Date: 19-Jan-99

This synth is the best (virtual-)analog synth ever made!

It sounds fantastic!



Björn

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Jan Zwier
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Hobby-ist
Date: 19-Jan-99

Kilo,


the Access Virus link is now http://www.tsi-gmbh.de/access/virus.html.


And keep it coming to us!


Greeting from Holland.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: organalogic
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Professional
Date: 19-Jan-99

I do not own this peice, yet. But I did try one at

Sam Ash here in NYC (funny, 2 years ago, when I worked there

I had to beg them just to special orer analog synths; now they're

in the showroom! alas) The virus definitely infected my headspace

and has yet to leave it. Specifically what struck me was the wide range of

sounds this box can make, simutaneously, while still maintaining

such definition overall. And unlike something like the korg prophecy, this

beast does not really on it's built-in effects to dekiver the gravy. Again, I suppose

I would have to buy one and hook up all the outputs, but the virus certainly

provided quite a range of timbres, from oberheimish strings to even a granular like

roar. I hope I dont have to sell some of my real analog to get it,

but then, my ears have been growing less nostalgic for traditional

synth timbres anyway.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Lukas Svoboda
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: part-timer
Date: 19-Jan-99

I feel in love with this from the first review

I read in SOS, the demo was even better than I

expected. This synth is a beast!

Now I just can't until tuesday next week, then the

beast will be in my hands.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: oyd-11
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: part-timer
Date: 19-Jan-99

i saw one today and search'd cuz i luv'd it! i think this module take lead synths to a whole new level!

seen nothing like this before! kick ass! leaves the other virtual analogs FAARRRR behind! LFO's got kewl fader leds, the most violent analog sound i ever heard!

analog parts sounds better than the real thing! chk out it's moog sounds! and noise patterns! i was amazed!

this'll take us to a new era! takes sounds to whole new level! just go lis10 to one! text won't help...

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Steve Hunt
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: part-timer
Date: 19-Jan-99

Spec (and price) look significantly lower than Supernova. But we need to hear them both. Any sign of a demo? Is there anywhere other than those crooked tossers at Turnkey where I could buy a Virus? They've sold me shit that doesn't work too many times for them to get any more business off me.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: kilo
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Professional
Date: 19-Jan-99

well........ I will be getting a supernova soon (15/2/98)... as soon as it's out......Phil's written me to say, that the first models off the line sound better than he anticipated, and he's looking forward to being able to dump some of his old analog stuff and make some room in his flat....... also, TSI/Waldorf have promised a Virus when I'm ready to try it....... you'll have to bear with me tho..... I was supposed to get my studio re-set up last week, but I just had to shell out a wedge for the motah !!..... bloody mot's !!....... but soon...... sorry it's late...... but once we get the backlog of synths demo'd, then i can grab the new stuff when it comes out......

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Kai Niggemann
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Professional
Date: 19-Jan-99

Hi there,



Just dropping by to let you all know there is now a user-supported website about the virus at:



http://www.muenster.de/~canine/virus.



there you can find pictures, patches, FAQs, systemup- and downgrades, a wishlist and infos on how to join the mailinglist.



enjoy, and please spread the word!

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: craig carlton
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Professional
Date: 19-Jan-99

Just got an Access Virus, but can tell it's a monster.

Own & like my Nord, but this is a couple of years newer

& it shows. Had a JP-8000. Nice, but this is more powerful & has better construction. HUGE sound. Great

for all of us twidler strangoids out here in out here

land! New operating system expands to 16 part multi, though polyphony is still 12 voice. This is a keeper.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Rob Papen
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Professional
Date: 19-Jan-99

Hi There,

It was big fun, making the factory sound-set. If you want to know which programs I did made. They have RP in their name-end, like "IQ-PAD RP".

After a major update I will release a Signature Set, for a nice price. Just like the Microwave XT this Virus is a new-classic.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: CARBON
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Professional
Date: 19-Jan-99

This is the best synth I've heard in a long time......



CARBON.......C12

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Kenny Bomus
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Professional
Date: 19-Jan-99

I've played with this baby. I tell ya, I'm sold. I'm getting ready trying to get the financial thing out of the way. I'm even selling my Juno 106 to get this baby. I love it. I need to have it.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Mauro Spagnoli
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Hobby-ist
Date: 19-Jan-99

I have a virus....mmmm good!

But I don't have the instuction and I don't understand how change ( if is possible ) the channel MIDI on the display.

Can I change it or I must work only at Channel 1 ????



Bye

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Geordy
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Hobby-ist
Date: 19-Jan-99

Better than Supernova? :-O

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Luke Chen
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: part-timer
Date: 19-Jan-99

I own an expanded Nord Lead and recently bought the Virus. Hey, this kid ROCKS! The Nord is an excellent instrument but the Virus absolutely blows the former away!

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Rod
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Hobby-ist
Date: 19-Jan-99

How flexible is the use of the multitimbrality??

If it is 16 part multi and 12 note poly, can you have any combination from 12 parts playing mono at once up to 1 part playing all 12 notes?

Does it have portamento?

Ring Mod?

Is there just one arpeggiator or can you use different arps on different parts simultaneously?

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: jeffrey
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Professional
Date: 19-Jan-99

yeah, but wouldn't yousay using the access virus is cheating? too easy to use and all...i prefer the the mc-500 myself

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Michael
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: part-timer
Date: 19-Jan-99

I bought the Virus Synth a bit too early, really. A little after Christmas. It does sound quite nice and warm, thick in the pad department, and does quite well emulating the Roland TB-303, especially utilizing the overdrive feature causing the distortion.



Unfortunately, though, my internet service, AOL, does not support the MIDI upgrades. Mine still does not sync to incoming messages (LFO's, etc.) That is obtainable through the German website. Waldorf, or rather, GSF Agency in California, would do a sequence/internet update for me, but at a charge knowing that they have been distributing, at that time, an incomplete synth. I am not clear on what internet service WILL actually allow the MIDI data to be sent, nor do I know what sequencer package will stream it properly. GSF hasn't been helpful at all, which is disappointing to me.



Nevertheless, the synth does sound really nice, and the stereo input where you may filter samples or other synth workstations is incredible. The knob transitions are completely smooth, and nothing leaps when you touch the knobs, as my Waldorf Pulse does.



I have a Nord Lead and Roland JP8000, but none of these synths sound the same as it seems like overkill on virtual analog. The Nord sounds hard, the JP8000, VERY smooth and fat, and the Virus, well....it sounds like a different animal. The filters are amazing!

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: dave sragosi
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Professional
Date: 19-Jan-99

hi,

i'm using it, this is an incredible machine, it's great

for alien's sounds &noise!(beside the pads&bass

sounds of course!)

see ya'.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Ken
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: part-timer
Date: 19-Jan-99

I would really like to know if this machine can emulate the

TB303. I know that I could buy the real thing for the price of this unit

but I don't want to just stick with acid. It would just be perfect if this machine could

do the job. Any infos would be really appreciated. Thanks

Ken

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Mark
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Hobby-ist
Date: 19-Jan-99

Well now... Things are getting fun in the virtual analog market. I bought a Virus about a month ago, well...actually I traded my Jupiter 8 with MIDI retrofit in for the Virus. Straight trade, tax and everything. Some of you might think I'm nuts, but then I ask you if you've ever had a Jupiter 8 and Virus hooked up in the same studio at the same time? I had the Jupiter for about a year and loved it, but when I played around with the Virus I had no choice! The Virus is the warmest virtual that I've heard. And I also have the JP8000 and Nord Lead, not to mention the Pulse








& BassStation rack. I even like the Virus better than my Juno 106, Juno 60 & Matrix 1000, which by the way I also traded in for the JP8000 once I had my hands on the Virus. With the Virus, I didn't need the Junos. As I've told others, the Virus has a selectable "saturation" algorithm which really warms up everything. You can't beat the pads. Closest to the JP-8 yet (if not better). And it has the best TB303 emulations that I've heard (although I admit I haven't played with Rebirth yet). I definitely like the Virus' analog sound better than the JP8000 or Nord. However, I like the JP8000 better for bass sounds. And the Nord for quick programmability. But the nice thing is that all of the virtuals sound a little different just as the old analogs did. I don't think any one virtual will satisfy all your needs. If you can, I would recommend diversifying. But don't fool yourself. The "best" gear in the world won't write your tracks (talking from experience). Feel free to email me if you have questions and I'll try to answer you (No spec questions, you can find that on the net yourself).

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Mark
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Hobby-ist
Date: 19-Jan-99

Oh yeah, forgot to mention two things. Great site! I just found it a few weeks ago. I'll be visiting more often! And to robpapen@nedernet.nl, nice Virus patches. Must've been fun

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Kyle Priess
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: part-timer
Date: 19-Jan-99

Hey, a fairly popular band: God Lives Underwater was in my town and after meeting them before the show, in the middle of a song they brought me up and let my play with the virus' filters an other electronics, i love the width of the resonance filter, anyways, i am definitely buying one of these after having the experiance of using it onstage! its great

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Disease Factory of VAC
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Professional
Date: 19-Jan-99

This thing is the motherfucking bomb! I like it more than the supernova. It soudns crunchy, ringy, FAT, 303, juno, jupiter, arp, everything. This thing does it all and the efx are killer as well! Screw jp8000, screw nord lead, screw pulse or microwave! This is the SHIT!

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: dirk van welden
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Hobby-ist
Date: 19-Jan-99

i heard some really good things about the virus,

could anyone tell me the price in Belgium?

so i can spend all my hard-earned money to my addiction.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Ronald Pieket
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Hobby-ist
Date: 19-Jan-99

I've had my Virus for a few weeks now, and I'm loving it.

I also own a JP-8000. Is one better than the other? Apples and oranges. Each has its own unique flavor. Both are delicious. Where the Virus shines is the synthesis versatility.

Never mind the presets, but programming is a breeze. It has many more parameters than it has knobs. The down side is that you still have to go through menus to get the the extra values. The up side is that you get soooo much synthesis power.

My three favorite features are: (1) Three independent LFOs for each note. Not per patch, but per note! (2) Band reject filter. This is a rare, and often underestimated filter type. Not for squelch, but for whooshy pads and unearthly percussion noises. (3) Filter saturation: a built-in distortion unit, which feeds in to the second filter. You can give your sounds really sharp teeth with this!



Regards,

- Ronald.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Russell
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Hobby-ist
Date: 19-Jan-99

I finally got around to trying out the Virus at my

local guitar center. It sounded ok. About the same as

the JP-8000 and the JX 305. I thought I was happy,

until I noticed another module under the virus, which

I hadn't tried out yet. The user interface looked a bit

unfriendly and the LCD display indicated that the unit

had taken some damage, but what the heck. Let's see

what this--umm--"Studio Electronics SE-1" can do.



Night and fucking day, man.



It screamed like a bitch-goddess and rasped like a jet

engine taking off.



This machine was so damn fat, it made Large Marge look

like Kate Moss.



"Oh, that," the clerk said when I asked him about the

beast. "That's just basically a rack mounted Minimoog."



Just. And it was actually cheaper than the virus.



Now, in all fairness, the SE-1 can basically do only

one type of sound. It can't do anything remotely

realistic, and you're never going to get a friendly,

organic pad out of it. It's not your all in one synth.

On that count, the Virus can beat it hands down. And,

unfortunately, it's monophonic.



sure, the virus may be more complex.

sure, it may have more polyphony.



But who gives a fuck if it ain't ever gonna

make your ears bleed.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: jonas
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: part-timer
Date: 19-Jan-99

it´s 16 part multi and produces the best sound i´ve ever heard!



(does someone know about sound archives on the internet? )

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: cc71
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Professional
Date: 19-Jan-99

With due respect, I'd like to correct the author by saying

that this thing is 16-part multi and not 8. Also, it has a

pair of inputs for you to route any external signal thru it's

internal processing. I have used one. And I really have to say

that it makes me put the Nord, BassStation, JP8000 aside to collect

a decent pile of studio dust. Daddy long legs was pleased to know

that the finger traffic on the other modules have eased too. It's

worth every last penny in yer pockets. Oh well, just another of

my 2 cents worth. Cheers.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Raji K
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: part-timer
Date: 19-Jan-99

FINAL WORD VIRUS vs. SUPERNOVA?



I know it's a matter of taste; for me, most interested in one of those for trance and tech-house 12-inch tracks, but I'm not making electro. Lots of reviews laud the Supernova but not many reviews for the Virus. SuperNova definitely beats out in specs, but from checking out the respective user-run web sites, the user-uploaded snippets of the Virus sound a lot better for bassy & squelchy stuff (but maybe that's because not all that many people HAVE the Supernova). Can the SuperNova do most of what the Virus does? I know the reverse isn't true. Obviously I'm leaning towards teh SuperNova, but for that true acidy sound, is the Virus just plain better? Have read a LOT of contradictory posts.... HELP!!!!!

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: RAMON
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Professional
Date: 19-Jan-99

Seguramente despues de la generacion del JD800 , los nuevos synthes como el VIRUS ,el WALDORF XT , EL JOMOX SunSyn y el ORGON ENIGISER ,son mejores que he escuchado en mucho tiempo.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Matt
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: part-timer
Date: 19-Jan-99

IM giving it a 4.



becuase I just cant stop using it , it definately is a Virus



I have only just bought it , but i am very satisfied a part from the occasinal



bug in the operating system, must be running windows he he

but overall this is a wicked wicked machine (be carefull with your speakers.



Matt.



oh and it has for some strange reason 12 voices and 16 part multi timbral ??

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: nurv of i, parasite
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Professional
Date: 19-Jan-99

ive tried it, know people who own it, and now I can't wait to own it. better than any other virtual analogue synth out today.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: TraCK
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Professional
Date: 19-Jan-99

got SuperNova and The Virus , totally rud together.

but i've got to be honest, the SuperNova is plain

better, though the default presets of the SNV is

truly sucks, create your own and see the difference!



happy tracking....

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Mr Dj
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Professional
Date: 19-Jan-99

yeah its just like an EQ , the more EQ the merrier ..

the supernova that is. with the supernova you have more tolls to shape your sound, and for me that's what count.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: guy
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Professional
Date: 19-Jan-99

ca n'a peut-etre pas le torque d'un vrai analogue,

mais quel choix intelligent pour un set-up midi "live"



merci Measroch!!!

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: ?u@n
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: part-timer
Date: 19-Jan-99

those who knock the prod, fuck off. they have paid their dues and deserve all that's coming to them. liam has kicked out some mad crazy stupid fat tracks tha have influenced and changed the scene. i doubt the dude is any less hard core than he ever was just cause he's selling records now. and consider this, even the bunk crap that is out there on the notched clearance $1.99 rack have a few lessons all of us can learn from. i've picked up quite a bit of junk here and there but refuse to return it because they're on a label and i'm not.laters.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Mark
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Hobby-ist
Date: 19-Jan-99

Ok, thought I'd update my email address. Just downloaded the new system rev for the Virus and burned it. Within minutes I was playing with the new vocoder! I couldn't quite get the typical vocoder robot voice (probably just need to tweak a little more) but it did gritty up other synths and drum loops. This thing just keeps getting better and better! But shhhh, don't let everyone know. Let them keep buying those Roland JPs.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Steve
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: part-timer
Date: 19-Jan-99

OK, all is fine and dandy, but does it have low-end? I mean rip yer balls out your mouth then shove them up your ass bass? (Excuse me visual representation.)

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: A.J. Rimmer
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Professional
Date: 19-Jan-99

Access Virus Demos at this site:



http://www.keyboardmag.com/demos/virus/virus.shtml



Formats: Wav., Real Audio & MP3



I think I must have one :-)

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Hakan Olsson
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Hobby-ist
Date: 19-Jan-99

Have just been trying it out for an hour in the store - switching between Virus and JP8080. I like'em both. I think the Virus is somewhat more capable of fine-tuned-high-characteristic sounds.(no spellcheck here)



I'm having problems to pick one and i could live with a vocoder. Is the Vocoder in V2.0 OK?

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: kilo
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Professional
Date: 12-Mar-99

das ist ein fanstastich synth

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: hans
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity:
Date: 12-Mar-99

ein wundershoen synth

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Rsd
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Professional
Date: 12-Apr-99

I listened to the demos at keyboardmag and they sounded very nice. At least those demos didn't try to emulate a funky bass guitar like most roland/korg z1 sound demos since I think these synths are best for techno/ambient music. I must say I'm looking forward to test this synth. BTW the keyboard version of VIRUS has 16-voice polyphony!

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Clockwork
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: part-timer
Date: 15-May-99

I got my virus a couple of months ago, and there haven't been 10 hours in a row since then when I haven't played with it. It's an incredible machine!! It can do everything from broken-glass-in-the-ears highs to kick-you-in-the-balls basses (love that suboscillator!!). The Saturation parameter just rocks. And it deserves to be said that the machine just keeps getting better. The last few OS updates have included ring mod, a vocoder, a mod matrix, more LFO waveshapes, more patch save slots (!), more arpeggiator modes, etc. etc. And the tech support is unsurpassed. If you need any more information, I reccomend you visit Canine's website and join the mailing list. Happy tweaking!

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Chris
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Professional
Date: 30-Jun-99

I purchased one of the first 10 access virus's to hit the united states. Ive had it for about 1.5 years now and I must say its an amazing machine. When it first came out, the operating system was such a piece of shit that the unit was really limited and had some bugs in it, albiet it still blew the competion away since there was no micowave xt. Since the newer operating systems have come out which add the modulation matrix, ring modulator, vocoder, and have completly fixed all the bigs I encounterd, the machine has really proven to be the best 1,600 dollars I have ever spent. One of the coolest features is the unison mode. It simulates something like what the old arp synths used to do, which is when you strike one note, it will play up to 12 of the same note, slightly detuned. All variables as far as the amount of detuning and the stereo spread can be set. Basically what this does is create the fattest lushest sound ive ever heard out of a synth. If any of you out there are looking for that monster bass sound that is so growly and fat that it makes rooms with big sound systems shake, or if your into pressing records makes the neddle almost skip, this is the machine. Also, pad lover will really like how you can layer sounds and then use the uni mode to fatten them up. once you add internal delay and chorus, your set. Also, with all the syncable lfo's and the good midi implementation, this machine is great for live use. I live in the SF bay area of California, and there are plenty of live acts that use this machine very effectivly. Some friends of mine who own Frequency 8 records have a microwave XT and after talking to one of them (Mars, who has used the virus in a track or two) I have concluded that if you are trying to decide which one to buy, choose wisely. They are both great machine's and do lots of things very well. They were made by the same developers so they are both very quaility pro pieces of gear. I would say one wont make up for the other, so in the best case scenario buy both! =) One note to add, is that I use the input section of the virus alot, and I must say its filters beautifuly. If anybody is looking to chop up some pads or symphonic samples and get that nice choppy gated sound this is the machine. With timecode syncable lfo's and differnt lfo wave's to choose from you cant go wrong. Good Luck.
-Chris E.T.A.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Kevyn David
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Hobby-ist
Date: 11-Nov-99

Does anyone have a virus AND a nova? I'm going to get one or the other soon, but can't decide which. NO stores around here have both, which is wierd for the bay area, and from everything I've read, I can't see a real difference in abilities, so if anyone can compare the sound, Thanks!

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Bazz
Email: Email supplied but hidden
none
Activity: part-timer
Date: 01-Dec-99

Damn.. why is everybody praising a piece of electronica ,like it's a instant song-making-machine...A friend of mine has one,and it does sound huge.Sure,you can have the fattest sound when you play with it,but is that really useful in the context of a mix???I myself own a JP8000,Nord lead,JV1080 and an S2800i,and with this setup,you COULD buy a virus,but do you really need it in this case?It's a fact that MIDI-setups have (almost)no limits concerning the number of machines you have...You probably CAN make a whole track using only 1 Virus,but this is going to sound like it has been made with the same machine.Of course this is only my opinion,but i make tracks with different kinds of equipment,rather than with 1 so-called synth-beast like the Virus alone....(It does sound pretty good bytheway...)

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Chicken King
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity:
Date: 01-Dec-99

great! but the B is already out now! the specs will blow you away: 24 voices, 4 oscilators, phaser, 82 simultanous fx...sold my Virus-A and felt again in Love......

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Jimmy
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: part-timer
Date: 27-Dec-99

Just got mine yesterday and sounds amazing!! I use it along with my Yamaha An1x, and the results are mindblowing!!
probably one of the best out there, right next to the Q and Supernova!!

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: .
Email: Email supplied but hidden
.
Activity:
Date: 02-Feb-00

forget the nova - really. the virus is the best.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: .
Email: Email supplied but hidden
.
Activity: part-timer
Date: 02-Feb-00

forget the nova - really. the virus is the best.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: fat eric
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Hobby-ist
Date: 02-Feb-00

All I can say is I'm glad Turnkey do a 7 Day money back trial. Bought it, took it home, well pleased for the first 10 or so hours, until I listened to it in context with the rest of my gear which includes an MKS70, TB303, TR909, Pulse, Pro-One, DX100 and S1100. I would say it sounded much more FM (with filters)than Analog, the filters "step" and it simply DOES NOT have that "organic" almost living analog sound. I wanted it for mainly chords but it did not suit, took it back and got a Jupiter6. Now I'm happy! My advice try in your studio b4 you buy, I guarantee the novelty will wear off. Also avoid the Nova and JP8000 - same DSP shit. Analog rulez!

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: PE
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity:
Date: 02-Feb-00

The most thoughtful interface and synth architecture synth I have ever owned.
The oscillator, filter and effect designs are also awesome. The support from the Access is also excellent if you are on the net.

Is the person above giving a fake review? If he is not, then he touched the Virus only skin deep. The Virus doesn't step. You can make it step if and only if you turn the smoothing function off.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: ed
Email: Email supplied but hidden
http://listen.to/nuschoolbreaks
Activity: Hobby-ist
Date: 10-Mar-00

Jsut to let you know - the Virus has been upgraded to the B model (awhile ago) as well as the OS which is now 3.0. It now has a whopping 24 voices, and you can have 80 simultaneuos fx. theres more, like a vocoder and ring mod, see here for more info:
http://www.access-music.de/pages/index2.html

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Caspar Project
Email: Email supplied but hidden
http://www.mp3.com/caspar
Activity: Professional
Date: 25-Mar-00

Great peice of gear. Would reccommend it to anyone. Don't know about the review by that fat eric guy though. sounds like he doesn't know what he's talkin about (the filters do not "step" the way he seems to think they do.)

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Fat eric
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity:
Date: 25-Mar-00

What motive would I have to lie? Truth is I have been using synths for 12 years now, so I know what I'm talking about. The Virus, Super\Nova, AN1x, JP8000 and all these other "virtual" analogs DO NOT have the same character that REAL analog synths do. I'm not saying that they are useless crap, but if you want the true analog sound, sadly they do not deliver. Also I'm not some luddite who thinks a synth has to be at least 20 years old to be any good, it's just that I'm sick of people hyping these machines up to cult status. Bottom line, if you already have some real synths (like say a Pulse, Pro1, MiniMoog or even a 101) then this type of thing may sound OK in a mix, but don't ever think it will replace a real analog.

I still think the filters sound quantised but hey, whatever.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: casparproject
Email: Email supplied but hidden
http://www.mp3.com/caspar
Activity:
Date: 25-Mar-00

dude, I don't know how how little mixing skill you have, but sayin it "may sound OK in a mix" is just crap. These synths are more powerful, more flexible, and much more economical than any one Anolog synth out there. Sure, there are some things that you just can't do with a VA. Sure, their OSC's don't go out of tune. And the noise doesn't have the instability of a moog. Oh yeah, and the knobs and sliders wont fall apart on you and take you a year to find replacements like a real analog will. I don't know how good a synthesist you are, but the subtle differences between a good VA and a good analog synth can be smoothed over by many things. Don't forget that the average listener has no clue what synths they're hearing anyway. So yes, there are differences between VA and real analog, but how many of your listeners can tell the difference?

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: k
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Professional
Date: 25-Mar-00

a point here guys... manipulated from the Virus interface versus CC control.. CC filter moves have a max 127 step-resolution right!! - old analogs dont have this restriction

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: PE
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: part-timer
Date: 26-Mar-00

k, the Virus doesn't suffer from this quantised 127 level MIDI CC stepping thing that Fat Eric mentioned. In fact, you can set the Virus' knob to do...

1) no smoothing (stepping like hell)

2) smoothing (interpolate between two different values at a very high sampling rate. Only people who can add 2 large numbers continuously at at least every 8/1000 second will hear the stepping)

3) Auto smoothing (depends on how fast you turn the knob)

4) Note smoothing (will change value when new note is triggered a la Electrib e Step Motion Control)

I apologize for accusing Fat Eric for lying. I just think that Fat Eric didn't know the machine well enough when he had it and jumped into the wrong conclusion. It's not only unfair (since we are in the synth reviewing here), but also I can't feel comfy with any untrue statement.

About Virus trying to be analog, I don't agree with that either. I already posted this point in the Waldorf/Access forum. In short, the Virus is the most beautifully designed digital synth I ever know. (See that post for details)

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: D Brown
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: part-timer
Date: 26-Mar-00

I am thinking of getting a Virus b for trance .How many arpeggiator patterns does it have?
My other consideration is the Nova which has a lot of these arp patterns which i will use for trance.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Jimmy
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: part-timer
Date: 26-Mar-00

The Virus does great things for your trance music...althogh you will be pretty dissapointed to find out that the Virus has very limited arpeggitation patterns..basic classic analogue up/down/random stuff...

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Fat eric
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity:
Date: 27-Mar-00

I really don't think the Virus is more powerful than any analog synth! And you question my mixing skills?
My mixing skills seem to be good enough for these labels - Smitten, Stay up forever, Inspiral, Hypa, Krembo, Fairway..(I could go on) , and these DJs - Colin Dale, Danny Rampling, John Peel, Liberators, Sasha.. Again I could go on, but I don't want to get into a flame war. The Virus may suit you and I'm genuinely glad that you get the results you want from it, but this is a review and other people may not want the same features and sounds as you do, therefore is it not better to have a couple of differening opinions both good and bad?
I feel that my comments are just as valid as yours or anyone else's, I am not some newbie who doesn't know the score, I have been using synthesizers for years and if I can help other people I will. peace

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Caspar Project
Email: Email supplied but hidden
http://www.mp3.com/caspar
Activity: Professional
Date: 27-Mar-00

ok, this is ridiculous. anyone with that kind of specs should know that the virus has smoothing. you should also know that this synth is estremely versatile, and can do a hell of a lot more than many analog synths. hmm lets see, you say it's not more powerful than any anolog synth, so I'll just name the analog synths I've owned over the years and actually had the time to get to know well. It's definately more powerful than a Moog MG1, Moog Rogue or Novation BassStation, and I'm sure it's more powerful than many of the other analog synths I've used briefly but I'm not the type of person that would give a synth a bum rap when I had it for less than a week and haven't really learned what its capable of.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: PE
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: part-timer
Date: 27-Mar-00

Hey Fat Eric, please don't get upset. People don't have any problem with your rightful opinions. But you can name all the big names all you want. People will stil have to stop you if you don't get the fact all accurate.

You go, boy, Caspar. The Virus is arguably one of the few most versatile non modular synths in the history. (Name one analog synth with continous variable OSC and LFO shape. ;-)

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: tba03
Email: Email supplied but hidden
http://www.mp3.com/muzik4machines
Activity: Professional
Date: 28-Mar-00

i think the futuretro 777 has those variable shape you're talking about, but i think it's the only one...
casio did some phase modulation digital synths with variable waveforms in the early 80's CZ I think...

But you are right, the virus is the only digital beast with this smooth in the filters...

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: ilom
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Professional
Date: 28-Mar-00

I think Fat eric has a point, there is no way the Virus or any other VA for that matter is as rich sounding as say a Jupiter 8 or an Arp26000, comparing it to 3 weak monosynths is hardly fair. Feature wise it would win hands down due to the sheer number of parameters but the features are not what you hear coming out of your speakers. Don't get me wrong, I like the Virus and the Nova, but they could NEVER replace a GOOD analogue, that's why I have a mixture of old and new. A point worth remembering is these VA's are a lot more rugged than an old analogue, so are worth considering even if just to play out with.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: ilom
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Professional
Date: 28-Mar-00

Sorry bout the typo, I meant Arp2600

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Fat eric
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Professional
Date: 28-Mar-00

No, your right PE and Caspar, I'm convinced. I went back down to Turnkey and re-listened to the Virus - wow. I'm going to sell of my tired old TB303 - won't be needing that anymore, not now I can have a shiny new digital marvel like the Virus - hell it even has Midi. I hope Access decide to make a new one in a translucent "iMac" type case, just like that other modern classic the SP808. Makes you wonder why people don't sell off their Modulars and buy a Virus, after all it is more powerful and more compact. I just wish it was GM compatible. Happy now?

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: jj
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Professional
Date: 28-Mar-00

I really doubt hmmm... is as pro as he says, cause he sounds like a little fucking kid.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: PE
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: part-timer
Date: 28-Mar-00

Tell me about it, jj. I didn't really see any reflection of his long experience in his expressions. That's why I thought he was not for real in the first place.

tba03, Yeah! the 777!

ilom, like I said (maybe not here, but in the Waldorf/Access forum), we are the only people who hear it. Our many thousands of listeners don't get to hear the true beauty of analogs anyway, since most of them have to rely on the digital media (CD, MD, MP3, etc...)

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Caspar Project
Email: Email supplied but hidden
http://www.mp3.com/caspar
Activity:
Date: 28-Mar-00

fat eric, you crack me up. funny you mention the TB303 (a highly limited, over-rated and over-priced synth) and not a real analog beast like the ones ilom mentioned. if you really know what you're talking about, then name a powerful analog synth that you have owned, and used in one of your tracks that can out-do a Virus, then name this track and which Sasha mix it's on (my younger brother, unfortunatlely, owns most of them). I personally think you don't have anything to back up your nonsense, and I will reveal that fact, or at least reveal that you are a half assed synthesist who doesn't know what he's talking about.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: syrusate
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Professional
Date: 28-Mar-00

Ok the virus does exactly whar it was made to do, sound like a access virus. Sure it can emulate other machines, and sure real analog can sound richer and fatter, but the virus can come close, and its small, so instead of buying 5 real analogs, you can get the virus and pull it off. And when fat eric brought up how people are bringing the virus to cult status strange how he mentioned a tb303, another "cult" item, seems he bought in. Music is music, and your style is your style, doesnt matter what you use, ive heard people make killer tunes on a radioshack concertmate. But i like the virus, its powerful, sounds killer, and can reproduce those classic sounds when i want em. And with the ability to upgrade the os, like older analogs cannot, the virus will just get more powerful. Its had enough good reviews to prove it, and such bands like orbital and NIN buying one to replace some of theyr old falling apart machines. If you like the sound buy it, if not buy something else. But dont knock it, cuz of fad or becuz everyone else likes it, prove why you dont like it.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Fat eric
Email: Email supplied but hidden
yawn
Activity: Professional
Date: 29-Mar-00

PE and Caspar - you both seem really over protective the Virus, to the point of where you have both started to sound like a couple of Access employees. I will address both your comments individually here, just to prove I am the one who knows what they are talking about. BTW in one of my earlier posts I stated that I did not want to get into a juvenille flaming..oh well, I didn't start it.

To PE, I make music primarily for my own pleasure, and it may be news to you buddy but, I CAN TELL THE DIFFERENCE between real analog and a VA . (although I agree that the average dancer could not tell the difference)

To jj, read your post again and tell me who "sounds like a little fucking kid" say something constuctive or come back when you can string together a coherent sentance with some relevance.

To Caspar, "funny you mention the TB303 (a highly limited, over-rated and over-priced synth) " that, in 2 years time when your Virus is worth about $100 will still be tearing up dancefloors around the globe. I'm willing to bet money that on some of your tracks there are some 303 type sounds. If it were not for the 303 I doubt the Virus would ever have been created, that machine is one of the most important instruments in the history of contempary music like the Fender Rhodes, the B3, the Strat, the Clavinet, the Minimoog etc, etc. To deny that is a true declaration of musical ignorance. Face it people, it can't be replaced or accurately emulated, millions of people love the sound, it's not going to go away, so instead of whinging about how expensive they are, just buy one. The Virus certainly can't do the 303 sound justice. True it may not have a six stage 24 pole phaser,82 simultaneous fx and Midi and lots of nice presets but it has 2 things you Virus does not have:

1. Instantly recognizable character.
2. A Dynamic, expressive, moving sound.

Also the filters on the Virus DO STEP, the smoothing function just uses interpolation to fool your ears (unconvincingly, if you listen properly) into thinking it's not stepping. To me that is bad design, they should not step in the first place, after all none of the other VAs suffer with this and they all use the same DSPs. Maybe I am more demanding than you when I am spending cash on a synth, but when you have used some real powerful analogs you will know what I mean. Also I have not appeared on any Sasha compilations, and I don't beleive I said that I had. You ask me to name a powerful synth that I own OK, how about a SCI Pro One? Roland MKS70? Waldorf Pulse? All of which would blow away your Virus - not on specifications, but on what really matters - sound. I really don't think I need to prove anything to you, just ask anyone who knows about synthesizers. If you want to talk about powerful DSP based synths sell your Virus and get yourself a Nord Modular, then come back here and thank me for educating you.

peace

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: nnh
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Hobby-ist
Date: 29-Mar-00

eric, why should you care if the 303 is instantly recoginsable sound if your music is only for yourself? and who are you to say that the virus doesnt have a "dynamic, expressive, moving" sound?

also, this realy should be in the forums dont you all think?

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: rob
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Hobby-ist
Date: 30-Mar-00

bitch bitch bitch
whine whine whine
stop it, everyone
we all have tastes in gear
deal with it

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Fat eric
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Professional
Date: 30-Mar-00

I never said my music was only for myself! I said "I make music primarily for my own pleasure" note - PRIMARILY! Will people stop taking what I say out of context.
To Rob, I could not agree more! All I said first of all was that I thought the Virus was shite, everyone else started bitching, not me, read over my posts again.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Trust
Email: Email supplied but hidden
http://www.mp3.com/djtrust
Activity: Professional
Date: 30-Mar-00

Wow - it's like a kindergarden classroom in here. I own a SCI Pro One (analog) and a Yamaha AN1X (VA) and they are both excellent machines. VA's tend to be more versatile and easier to use than true analog gear. But when I need something that's really warm and really fat, you cant beat the real thing. All digital synths have a bit of "tweakyness" that's almost impossible to get rid of. That said, I still use the AN1X the most for day to day synthesis.

I know guys that have gotten good sounds from they Virus, but they have all said that it really takes a while to really learn how to get the sounds you want out of it.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: tba03
Email: Email supplied but hidden
http://www.mp3.com/muzik4machines
Activity: Professional
Date: 31-Mar-00

yeah Trust you are right, every piece of gear has its own sound.

in a way, i think fat eric is right, but I thing what botther you guys is the words...VIRTUAL analog, (miscalled here 'cause actualy it's physical modelling) emulatre by mathematical formulas the way REAL oscillators and filters act. It' the same thing used int Line 6 POD or in the DirectX plugin by Sonic Foundry(acoustic mirror, that emulates a room or a piece of gear). Though, real analog synths act mmmm...like real, changing all the time the way the AC goes...but VA ,as you call it, has just a summary, a resume , an average of the way the circuit act, not the real time evolution of the module...and for the steps, it is absolutely sure that every piece of gear that work with discrete values of control(like midi, all the binary things) will step at some point.
In real analog gear, it is voltage that runs all the controls, and the voltage is not a discrete value, it can have as many decimals as you can display or measure, so it can't step it's fluid...

that's what I can say to you guys, i don't wanna start another bitching session, I just want everyone to know the definitions ....

by the way, I use both, and I can tell when it's not real analog...

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: k
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Professional
Date: 31-Mar-00

heh heh - this is reminiscent of the dreaded MC-303 debates - :-)

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Caspar Project
Email: Email supplied but hidden
http://www.mp3.com/caspar
Activity: Professional
Date: 31-Mar-00

OK, heres the basics ok? If you don't want to play them live, if you want your osc's to go out of tune when they get too hot, if you want to have to pay rediculous amounts of money, and wait a ridiculous length of time for replacement parts (if you can find them) want to spend ten times as much money and have very limited machine control of your synths parameters for a bit of "analog warmth" then go ahead, but when you realise that 99.9% of the people who hear it wont no the difference, and now you can't afford any outboard, then don't come complaining to me, cause I'm the one who told you to go out and get a virus.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Fat eric
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Professional
Date: 31-Mar-00

tba03 - keep it real! I am glad I'm not the only one who can tell the difference.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: johnnysquelch
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Hobby-ist
Date: 31-Mar-00

Funny, my Pulse was not expensive nor does it go out of tune, Ditto my Orgon Enigiser, Ditto my FR777, Ditto my Spectral Pro-Tone, Ditto my MS404, Ditto my Sidstation. None of them have needed any spare parts either, and I think all of them were very reasonably priced, I regularly use them live and the only FX I use on them are Zoom 1201, Korg SDD3000 delay and various pedals ( all sparingly). The thing is I don't need to hide the sounds under lots of fx as they sound good in the first place! Smoothing on the filters? No thanks! They are smooth enough.

L8ers - Keep it analogue!

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: PE
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: part-timer
Date: 31-Mar-00

k. must be the calmest webmaster ever.

johnnysquelch, sorry to jump on you, but you don't really know what you are talking about. Why?
1) Sid Station is not analog. (Keep it analog!)

2) What does the comment about hide sound under of FXs have to do here?

3) Prove your understanding on smoothing that everybody is talking about here by defining what smoothing on filters is.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Caspar Project
Email: Email supplied but hidden
http://www.mp3.com/caspar
Activity: Professional
Date: 01-Apr-00

are you guys not reading what I write? Fat Eric, YOU were the one that said, and I quote

"I really don't think the Virus is more powerful than any analog synth!"

I never said the virus sounded the same, I never said that it was a perfect analog emulation. But I know for a FACT that most analog synths on their own, cannot hold a candle to the power of the Virus. Yes there is a difference, yes, there are a couple of people on this planet who can tell the difference including myself, but this is in a DRY MIX with nothin else, if you think you can tell the difference in a full track, in a club, when you're either drunk or on some sort of amphetamine based drug then you're full of it. IT DOESN"T MATTER ANYWAY! You aren't playin frickin Wagner on these instruments man, its techno for god's sake. You are wasting you're money if you think you need the synthesis equvalent of a Stradivarius to produce techno. The whole reason analog instruments were first used in the shit was cause they were CHEAP! Its all just music to make people dance though, its not an intellectual endeavour. ON another note, the most popular dance sounds are not hard to reproduce AT ALL. I've reproduced a TB-303 well enuff to fool most people (if you want to see, check out the first 2 bars of "Flashpoint" on my site), the most popular bass sound in jungle and drum 'n bass is just a frickin sine wave for god's sake. This unit is a killer synth, end of discussion and anyone, I mean anyone who thinks its "thin" or "hollow sounding" or "doesn't fit in a mix" is full of 100% class A bullshit PERIOD.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: SwampMan
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Hobby-ist
Date: 01-Apr-00

I have to agree with you Caspar Project.

/SwampMan

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Javier
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity:
Date: 01-Apr-00

Yes, the reason why people usd analogue was because they were cheap, so , why aer you paying so much money for a virus?.
If the same rule of "keep it cheap" still apply the new core of dance music will be the true virtual analogue, i.e .softsynths (virus is analog modelling, well, who cares about the exact busines definition?).
About the sound l think Jean Michelle Jrre expalined it well ina n interview for future music, (nord modular was the referred synth but l think it applys the same for virus),he said that they made difernt kind of sounds and that bass sounds of real analog were deeper and fatter but that virtual analog could make a kind o sounds that real analog couldn´t, and that that was all the point they ofered a new palette of sounds to add to his music, the fact that nowadays they have lot better specs (poliphony and multitimbricity) make then even more valuable.

LAst comment about the target public, not everybody listening electronic music likes it only to dance, l hate dance, l like it to listen because l like the synthesisers sounds so l like the spirit of pure techno sound in cwich the whole good thing about these music is the sound, if there are not good tematic/ harmonic content , like in classical music, and it also looses it´s charazter of sound innovation it has nothing (perhaphs rhytm, but with lot of people using loops imported from cd´s without any modification it also lacks it).
So sound in electronic music is all, but these doesn´t mean analog is "the panacea", digitla (wavetable), virtual analog and all kinds of synthesis have it´s charazteristic sound and none is better than other beyond the use you mak eof it.

(And yes, l know these is dancetech forum and l am saying l don´t like dnce, it is only that these kind of music is wich better reflects my interest in electronic music, averag electronic new age music hasn´t any kind of investigation on synht possibilities, and most of it neither are too much interesting in pure musical innovation so l am here because it is wich is the nearest thing to my interest, not because it is my perfect kind of music, well, perhaps Orbital are perfect, but few more ones...)

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: JT Static
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: part-timer
Date: 01-Apr-00

Hmm.. perhaps this kind of messages would be better posted in the forums. Not that I'm not interested hearing somebody moaning about electronic music today but I really don't think it belongs in the synth reviews. Kinda loses the purpose that it was intended to. Review the synh not your head.. PIzza Moped Power for everyone, l8ers!

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Wintermute
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Hobby-ist
Date: 01-Apr-00

This is the virus page but, just to clear things up... The sidstation IS analog, the SID chip that uses is an analog ASIC. The signal paths are all analog. Similar in certain aspects to Alesis's new Andromeda synth. Anyway, the virus has earned its place as a modern classic. Its sound is truely unique. heh, do you think NIN uses the virus for its ability to sound like vintage gear? Enough with the stupid comparisons, lets talk about the virus...

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: PE
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Professional
Date: 01-Apr-00

Sorry, can't help it.

Only the filter function part in SID6581 chip is analog (which I doubt if it has to do with anything at all in the signal path). Other than that SID is all digital. (If it was analog, how did they make Commandore so cheap with such wide sonic manipulation?

Let's all move to the forum.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: oldskool
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Professional
Date: 01-Apr-00

This is all getting very juicy an' all, but I think all of you seem to be missing the point, everyone has their own preferences over what they like, and comments like "best synth ever" and "modern classic" carry no weight as they are just personal opinions.

Facts are far more useful to anyone reading this. Personally I prefer the Nova to the Virus, but both of them are fairly capable. I was considering a Virus but a couple of things changed my mind and that filter smoothing thing was one of them. In short the best advice is to try all the alternatives, look on forums, user groups, and unofficial fan sites of all the instruments you are interested in, then make your own choice.

I use and enjoy all types of synthesis and to say that VA's are shite is unfounded, but at the same time they are not a replacement for anything, just another type of synth.

BTW: The Sidstation does have an Analogue NMOS filter, phase accumalated oscillators and an analog signal path, along with an extremely powerful LFO implementation. I know because I was a Beta tester and contributed to the factory sounds :)

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: oldskool
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Professional
Date: 01-Apr-00

This is all getting very juicy an' all, but I think all of you seem to be missing the point, everyone has their own preferences over what they like, and comments like "best synth ever" and "modern classic" carry no weight as they are just personal opinions.

Facts are far more useful to anyone reading this. Personally I prefer the Nova to the Virus, but both of them are fairly capable. I was considering a Virus but a couple of things changed my mind and that filter smoothing thing was one of them. In short the best advice is to try all the alternatives, look on forums, user groups, and unofficial fan sites of all the instruments you are interested in, then make your own choice.

I use and enjoy all types of synthesis and to say that VA's are shite is unfounded, but at the same time they are not a replacement for anything, just another type of synth.

BTW: The Sidstation does have an Analogue NMOS filter, phase accumalated oscillators and an analog signal path, along with an extremely powerful LFO implementation. I know because I was a Beta tester and contributed to the factory sounds :)

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: L Penguin
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Hobby-ist
Date: 06-Apr-00

Super amazingly versatile, and gritty!

Bad: The sceen is tiny.
Good: Let me put it this way, I'm never using a software synth ever again...

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: pascal
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity:
Date: 06-Apr-00

damn, i have to wait just one more week,..for my virus B,..it's the new shipping of week 15,..damn,..it's so damn long,..one week,.i really love to go working with the virus

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: TIN
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: part-timer
Date: 14-Apr-00

Finally got mine. I have to agree with
you, pascal, softsyths...never again.
Sampler,Virus ...and Cubase, thats it
and the whole world of sounds is
yours

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: DeltaSleep
Email: Email supplied but hidden
http://www.mp3.com/deltasleep
Activity: Hobby-ist
Date: 15-Apr-00

well, i wish i could say i actually own one. I do however have a set of waveforms that i've been piddling with and inputting in the TS404 on fruityloops, and GOOD GOD THIS THING IS AWESOME. It can give the most beautiful leads, and then this huge gutteral(yes i said that) metallic bass blast because of that sub oscillator. Crikey if you can afford one, you won't be dissappointed. And hey, orbital uses one, and its good enogh for them so it oughta be good enough for the rest of us. They were way ahead of us on knowing that this little machine is BA. Listen to snivilization sometime, nearly all the synth work on its from the Virus, very very flexible machine.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Teknoguy
Email: Email supplied but hidden
http://www.teknospace.com
Activity: Hobby-ist
Date: 15-Apr-00

Hmm, I haven't tried the virus yet either, it looks mondo sweet though. I couldn't say if Orbital uses the Virus or not, but considering that Snivilisation came out in '94 and the Virus in '98, they must have been even more ahead of their time than I thought...

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: crowre
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: part-timer
Date: 20-Apr-00

I just got my Virus B Saturday and it is everything I could ask for.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: kilo
Email: Email supplied but hidden
not for much longer i'm afraid.
Activity: Professional
Date: 10-May-00

Just want to say that this site will unfortunately be shutting down very soon. I'm Very Sorry Guys but it's out of my control- I don't really want to get into it but As I said there is nothing I can do bout it i'm afraid....

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: sarkiss
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Hobby-ist
Date: 12-May-00

The Virus is a magnificent creation.

The support policies of Access are top-notch, with frequent & free OS updates, new soundbanks, and mailing-list participation by the actual people who designed it.

Oh ... and the sound is fantastic.

One thing that's often overlooked are the internal sound routing busses ... make a noise, route it thru an internal bus to another patch for further distortion/filtering/etc ... there are FOUR internal busses. The possibilities are endless.

Big-ass thumbs-up.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: speed
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: part-timer
Date: 08-Nov-00

I own a korg z1,and was thinking about ditching it for the virus . I have played with it at the store but not in a studio set up , If anyone has used both please tell what you think? thank you

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Dieter Vansteenwegen
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Hobby-ist
Date: 16-Nov-00

Does anyone have one for sale in Belgium / the Netherlands ???

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: dieter vansteenwegen
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Hobby-ist
Date: 17-Nov-00

Sorry, forgot my email:

dieter.vansteenwegen@yucom.be

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Pev
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Hobby-ist
Date: 02-Jan-01

I bought a Virus B 'Desktop' last week with the OS4.01 and it's excellent (despite the bickering above!) I'd heartily reccommend it to anyone. In the shop I was mainly listening to it against a SuperNovaII and the sound seems to cut through a lot more than the Novation unit. The Interface takes a little getting used to, but the power underneath is impressive and the sound control options are very wide indeed. Go to your music shop and have a listen. Ignore the 'emulation' / real / fake analog debate and just judge for yourself. Its now pride and place in the centre of my bedroom studio... If you're in the UK, beware that buying from dealers other than turnkey (the official Access UK dealer) the machine will be supported but youll have to print your own 300 page manual. A hassle, but no huge deal.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Pev
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Hobby-ist
Date: 02-Jan-01

I forgot to mention. If you're thinking of buying one and would like any impartial information / opinions from a UK owner about it feel free to email me and I'll try to help out...

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: torq
Email: Email supplied but hidden
http://www.theprojext.com
Activity: Hobby-ist
Date: 03-Jan-01

Well with the release of the Indigo, I will be a complete man. :) This thing has all the greatness of the Virus B, and using OS4, you can do things that you wouldn't be able to do with any analog synth: surround sound, 82 SIMULTANEOUS dsp effects, signal processing... EXTREME filter sweeps. And, it's silver with an ice blue LED... easy on the eyes. I agree that these new VA's will never fully replace analog... but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Face it guys, analog is going out of style. We went through another phase of warmth and analog super-bassy sound... now what's popular is leaning towards sharp, clean digital synthesis. But don't sell off your 303 and Jupiter, analog will be back. :) I'd also like to point out that yes, at least half the people who comment use 303ish sounds in their songs, but the 303 sound has become quite boring (one of the reasons everything's going digital). Even the Nord Lead sound has become pretty cliche... good thing Clavia released the Nord 3 when they did, they were running out of sounds. :) But you have to remember anyway that no one besides us synth geeks can tell the difference between digital and analog. My dad has worked with electronics and such for over 30 years and I had to explain to him what analog sounds like. So I would suggest seriously looking at the Indigo, or the Virus KB... OS4 is the most amazing thing to happen to VA in a long time. Only problem is the Indigo US distributor is so backed up that no one even has one yet! If you want to get one anytime soon, you're going to need to go through a direct german distributor, like www.musicans-gear.com who actually have some. By doing this though, you forfeit customer support. Happy synthing guys.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Jay
Email: Email supplied but hidden
http://www.mp3.com/inzite
Activity: Hobby-ist
Date: 07-Jan-01

Hi,

I'm about to buy a VA and I'm chosing between the Virus and the Nova. Which should I pick up? If you want to listen to some of my music to decide which one that is the best for me, then go to my webpage and listen. I recommend the track on top. Would really appreciate some help with this! Thanks and take care ya'll.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: The Pantocrator
Email: Email supplied but hidden
http://the.pantocrator.net
Activity: Hobby-ist
Date: 12-Jan-01

Got it a few days ago and indeed this thing rulez! Great sounds, great effects. One thing, make sure your amp can handle the power of the virus!

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: SableOne87
Email: Email supplied but hidden
http://home.inreach.com/sableone.html
Activity: part-timer
Date: 12-Jan-01

Hey guys, I have found that with the advent of new synthesis techniques, and the growing demand for inexpensive, high power synthesizers. That the new digital synths are excellent additions to an open minded electronic musicians arsenal. I have not played with the Virus yet, but I expect that like many of the newer synths, It will have power and flexibility only matched by the newer analogue modular synths. Thus the debate of sound quality, Blah...blah...blah... As a reformed analogue warmth junkie, the archaic discussions of that nature bring back sad memories of my youthful ignorance. I am happy to say that I am going to AA (analogics anonomous) so I can see that I don't need analog to live, and that analog doesn't run my life, that soft synths are my friends...anyways I would like someone to post a thorough review, I'm looking to spend some money on a good synth..possibly a nord modualar?

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: SableOne87
Email: Email supplied but hidden
http://home.inreach.com/sableone/
Activity: part-timer
Date: 12-Jan-01

Whoops...messed up the web adress

http://home.inreach.com/sableone/

Not complete by any means..If someone is interested in partnering this site with me..email through the website.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: aaronpeacock
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Professional
Date: 12-Jan-01

All this "analog vs VA" bullshit aside:
I don't CARE about recreating sounds from the 70's, I want control (knobs)polyphony, multitimbrality, effects, and the ability to dial-in the sounds in my head. These are not 303 sounds. I am not looking for bland analog warmth- i can get that by running my asshole through a nice tube mic pre. I want sharp, twisted, edgy sounds with some balls/substance to them that don't fall flat in a psy trance mix. I need ooOOMph for dance, but having 5 different synths won't do. I need to be able to tuck my studio under my arm and go do a live gig too. I have a laptop, am getting the event EZ-bus, and hopefully the Virus Indigo- I want to know- Is there a better synth for what i described above? Is there a single synth out there that can do the job it does better? anyone?
(and don't feed me some bullshit about an sh-101 or juno doing the trick- read what i said above)

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Andreas Chatzakis
Email: Email supplied but hidden
http://www.mp3.com/reanimator
Activity:
Date: 12-Jan-01

For hard psytrance there is nothing better.A virus and a semi-decent sampler is all you need.I bought one for Christmass and i can tell you this thing rocks!!! Read the manual and create your own sounds! This is what this synth is all about.I used to rely on my waldorf pulse for all my synth sounds and i had to sample it all the time which was a pain in the ass.Now i can get my ideas down much faster.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Q-Bass
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Professional,Hobby-ist
Date: 14-Jan-01

My god......still that same Analog vs. DSP...
Man , this starts to reach an Eastcoast vs. Westcoast thing.....
And lets be honoust.....It's all 'bout making good music whether u use analogue VCA/VCO/VCF or Digital, fuck....even pot's and pans damn it...
MAKE SUM NOISE WITH WHUT U GOT!!! AND MAKE IT GOOD!!! . B.t.w. The Virus is O.k. to me....

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: circlemaker
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Professional
Date: 16-Jan-01

I'm just adding myself to the debate 'bout VA versus Analogue.. in my opinion, there no such thing as these two methods of soundcreation competing. If a synth suites your sound.. it suites your sound, thats it. No use of using a VA synth or a analogue synth if it doesn't inspire you.

soundwise this isn't a discussion, one doesn't have higher quality of sound just because you prefer a certain synthesis, it's in your mixing abilities your "flaws" will show.

well. that was my bytes worth =)

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: billieblaze
Email: Email supplied but hidden
http://www.housenationrecords.com
Activity: Professional
Date: 17-Jan-01

I absolutely LOVE my virus! I've been producing Acid Techno, Hard House and NRG.. This box ROCKS! hard..

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Nik
Email: Email supplied but hidden
http://nik.iuma.com
Activity: Hobby-ist
Date: 17-Jan-01

On the debate about VA versus analog, I do agree that maybe some people are a bit extreme about it, and i do think that its been talked about enough already, you know, because everything to be said on either side has been said so theres no point in repeating like people dont know already, but...

I think it should be brought up and I do think its important because these synthesizers are being marketed as sounding analog. Thats why they are called virtual analog or analog modelling or whatever, and if there are differences, even if you cant hear them in a mix or whatever, they need to be brought up because people shouldnt get the wrong impression.

yeap.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: numb3r
Email: Email supplied but hidden
http://www.numb3rs.com
Activity: part-timer
Date: 17-Jan-01

So is sounds like this thing mostly pumps out Gay Trance Stuff? How is
it for some banging techno or
Hip hop?

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: asdfg
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Professional
Date: 17-Jan-01

No. It doesn't do much of blabber mouth macho moronic music.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: 99devils
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: part-timer
Date: 17-Jan-01

The Virus' charcter is mostly hard. I wouldn't recommend it for trance, really. It's more suited to hard techno, industrial, Electro... It can be thick, warm, and soft but it really excels at hard, biting, cutting sounds. A wonderful instrument.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Jimmy
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Hobby-ist
Date: 17-Jan-01

True Craig, the Virus may be more adapted towards harder stuff, because of the filter saturation and its more agressive nature. But dont let that put you off from buying it. You still can do Trance on it, but not that shiny glimmery happy commercial trance. Get a Novation Nova for that.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: 99devils
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity:
Date: 18-Jan-01

Yes, they can do trance, of course. A Nova'd probably be better though. I wouldn't discourage anyone from buying a Virus for any application. IMHO the best VA out there.

-Craig

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: hellboy
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity:
Date: 18-Jan-01

The Virus will do Gay Trance easily. You just set the Style knob to Trance and then crank the Queer Factor up to at least 96. What's cool about this is that you can also do Gay Hip hop and Gay Techno, thanks to that Queer Factor knob. What a stupid fucking question.

Synths don't make music, people do. The Virus is as good a tool as you could hope for.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: jonathan Aquarone
Email: Email supplied but hidden
non
Activity: Hobby-ist
Date: 18-Jan-01

the best shit ive ever seen and used, its a real machine worth getting, the filters are incredible, they made me oiss in my pants with injoyment..
Its also a smart machine, but there is one downside that is saving, there are some little gliches, and one pain in the ass saving indecator, meaning if you find sound, it will tell you to save and you do so and erases or overwrites other sounds, and memerory is not super...

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: 99devils
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity:
Date: 18-Jan-01

What's wrong with the memories/storage setup? There's 2 banks of 128 patches, 128 multis (in my Virus A anyways). To store a patch, twiddle knobs, press store, set the name of the patch and the location you're saving it into, and then hit store again. What's so hard about that?

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: RogueNine
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: part-timer
Date: 18-Jan-01

I just bought a nova and I love the almost everything about it, except that the midi implimentation and os are total shit. I'm considering adding a nova(what sick live set-up that would be!), and I'd like to know if anyone's expirenced any unusual problems with it, I've heard enough people praise the sound of the synth, I want to know how it responds in the studio.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: anonymous bystander
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Hobby-ist
Date: 22-Jan-01

My name if of no importance, and neither is my "user type". Let's just assume i'm an innocent bystander to the subject.
I write this to thank you all for about half an hour of exelent humor and dispaly of very smart human behaviour in your posts. I think everyone of you will reach legendary status in mysic, if not already, cause you certainly know where it's at.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Dexterity
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Professional
Date: 23-Jan-01

Moohaha.... Virus... ACESSES... nice toy i'd say, but i would prefere the MicroQ from Waldorf at any time, the sound on this thing is a bit to digital to me and well i want more *G* this i got from the MicroQ and what can i say but...TRY IT!!! review it..do something... i like it....Least of all Equiment is personal and the sound of it is up to you, find the stuff that suit you the best, spanding from FM synths to revolting MOOG's and JUNO-106's

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Craig
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity:
Date: 23-Jan-01

That post is kind of ludicrous, don't
you think? You'd rather have one knob
and a matrix than all that realtime
control? Besides, I've played the Q...
Like you said, a matter of personal
taste. My personal taste obviously
leans towards the Virus but a comment
like that would lead me to believe that
you've never sat down with the two of
them for any period of time.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: brian
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Hobby-ist
Date: 22-Feb-01

This is a great synth- highly recommended to anyone looking for that aggressive analog sound. I use mine mainly for industrial dance. Took forever to get it though- that's the main problem. Anyone here in the ohio area- looking for possible collaborators if you're into ambient, industrial dance, and similiar type stuff.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Manta
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity: Hobby-ist
Date: 19-May-01

I listened to the virus(b os4) at my local dealer I was comparing it with a Microwave XT(Waldorf) I was blown away ,the XT didn't even came close to the sound of the virus it was awsome!!! This is the stuff!!!

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: Brutal_chud
Email: Email supplied but hidden
Activity:
Date: 20-May-01

I was at my local grocers yesterday and I was comparing apples to oranges and man, the oranges didn't even compare! The apples are where it's at, man!

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Last added comment

Product:  Access - VIRUS
Name: C738
Email: Email supplied but hidden
-
Activity: Hobby-ist
Date: 21-May-01

Those apples are really cool indeed. Too bad 2nd hand prices are still high.
I tried trading some strawberries for a 2nd hand apple, but the deal was off when I started talking strawberries.

Product rating out of 5: 

Reply |  Add review/comment



Add your comments here for the product:

'Access VIRUS'

Looking for the manual? - Check this page above under the heading: 'Product manual or files' - We might have it!


Your Name   * required field!

Your Email   * required field! (will not be displayed)

Add your email if you want replies to any question you post - You will receive an email if someone replies!
To receive automated replies be sure to add a valid email address!

Comments   * required field! - NO weblinks allowed in this feild!

My user type is:    * required field!

Professional   Part Time   Hobbyist




Rate this product out of five:   * optional

   5 - TOTALY AWESOME POWER !!!!!...

   4 - TOTALY 'AUSTIN POWERS' !!!!....

   3 - HOT HATCHBACK POWER !!!.....

   2 - PIZZA-MOPED POWER !!......

   1 - HAMSTER/TRUNDLE-WHEEL POWER !.......

Please copy the displayed number into the box to post:

910421  

     

Note: To cut down on spammers, cookies must be enabled to post comments to this page.



Looking for the manual? - Check this page above under the heading: 'Product manual or files' - We might have it!



 [back to top]

1: No good!
2: Average!
3: Great stuff!
4: Excellent!
5: Awesome!
Rate this product!
  • Currently 3.9 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Currently: 3.9/5 | 78%

Total stars: 561  |  Total votes: 144

Read 143 comments
Add review/comment 

12 other
products from
Access








dancetech
  & thomann
partner store

Help support the site & the users music space - Buy via our partner store for EU customers. One fixed price delivery for most items!